The Rising Sun Library recently hosted a program chronicling the history of the Plumpton Park Zoo.
"What I hope these kids learn is to conserve these animals and live our lives a little differently to keep animals from disappearing. I don't want the kids to take the natural world for granted. I want them to realize it is important, it is vibrant, and it's apart of us and we are apart of it. The twin pillars of zoos these days are and should be conservation and education," said Crystal Hudson, Plumpton Park Zoo's education specialist.
Plumstead took over the property in 1946 and built a house and rebuilt the mills.
He also found a rare breed of white deer on the property. He decided he wanted to protect them.
When people found out that he had special animals there, other creatures began to show up. His business partner told him to open a zoo to create profit and so he did.
The zoo opened in 1987.
Plumpton Park Zoo has been open for about 30 years. It has only closed once for a couple of months in 2010 after being open for 24 years. The parked had closed after a review from the USDA and the owner at the age of 94 knew he was unable to keep the zoo running at its full potential.
The zoo reopened in the same year when Cheryl and Nick Lacovara took ownership of the zoo.
They were able to make the needed repairs to the zoo to bring it back to life.
"Once you realize what a zoo gives the community and what it takes to run a zoo it profoundly rewarding," said Hudson.